I’ve never been able to make out the beginning of the second verse in Van Halen’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” and there’s no lyrics sheet. “I tickle mobile line looking for mookie”? Help!
To the best of David Lee Roth’s recollection, he intended to sing “I’ve seen a lot of people just lookin’ for a moonbeam.” If you think what he recorded doesn’t really sound like that, you’re right–by his own admission, sometimes he would forget the words in the studio and “mush-mouth it,” approximating syllables. “Sometimes it was attitude, which revved up so hard that it just defies lyrics,” Roth said. “There are certain things that shouldn’t have too much meaning, like Saturday night.” So his best approximation of what came out of his mouth? “Sheepa latta peppah dabba looka foh a moonbeam.”
(Excerpted from the 2006 book Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: Music’s Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed, published by Three Rivers Press, written by Gavin Edwards.)